I walked into a hallmark store the other day and The Twelfth of Never was playing on their muzak. When I heard the tune I suddenly realized that The Twelfth of Never was the tune that Stephen Bishop was singing in that scene from Animal House when Bluto comes down the stairs in his toga and smashes the guitar to pieces.
Well, the earth tilted on its axis, I hit the carpet, and when I woke up I killed every person in the store and everyone in my path to the parking lot. I'm still picking bits of jugular out of my back molars.
What set me off?
Stephen was singing the tune to TheTwelfth of Never, but using the lyrics to The Riddle Song …I gave my love a cherry that had no stone….
And if there's one thing that just brings out the inner beast in me….. it's copyright infringement.
The worst part? Three days later after the fangs went back in and I was able to finally shave all of the hair off of my knuckles, I looked The Twelfth of Never up on Wickipedia and found out that the song was written by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster and the tune except for the bridge was adapted from The Riddle Song --an old English folk song.
Now I'm wondering if a hallmark card that says:
"Sorry I killed all those people-- Love, Simon" will be enough.
I mean, after all, they say if you care enough to send the very best……
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